AFRO feature

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

13 May 2017

13 May 2017 On 9 May 2017, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic. Since 22 April, nine cases including three deaths have been reported. Six cases are currently hospitalized.

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Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Minister of Public Health, announces an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Likati district, Bas-Uélé Province (northern DRC) following confirmation by the National Biomedical Research Institute.

12 May 2017

KINSHASA, 12 May. The Minister of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of “an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)” in Likati health district (Aketi, Bas-Uélé province), more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa in the northern DRC, following confirmation of the disease by the National Biomedical Research Institute (INRB), the national reference laboratory. ‘‘Of the five blood specimens taken from suspected cases and analysed at INRB,…

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High-level meeting on Ebola Vaccines gets underway in Conakry, Guinea

04 May 2017

The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti and the Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan are in Conakry, Guinea to participate in the high-level meeting on Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World".

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In Kenya, the path to elimination of malaria is lined with good preventions

02 May 2017

In Kenya, the path to elimination of malaria is lined with good preventions A broad range of preventive measures in Kenya, tailored to local needs have resulted in major progress against malaria – but declining resources underscore the need for even more efficient work. Countrywide, malaria prevalence dropped from 11% to 8% between 2010 and 2015.

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Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs

28 April 2017

Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs In Zambia, spreadsheets, paper registries and phone calls were once the only way for staff in the Ministry of Health, based in the capital Lusaka, to know if district and provincial health facilities and warehouses had adequate supply of vaccines. Since none of the supply registries were connected to the national warehouse, reporting was never timely. Read the feature story

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Togo is Saying Goodbye to Elephantiasis

30 March 2017

Madam Kamazoue Abatan, food vendor. She is a beneficiary of early diagnosis and prompt treatment. No longer ashamed Mr. Tchazimon Essohanani, 58, is a father of six and principal of a secondary school in Bebeda, 35 km east of Kara, Togo’s second biggest city.  Essohanani recalls that in 2009, his scrotum and testicles, for no apparent reason, suddenly began to grow bigger and bigger, causing him to suffer embarrassment, shame and frustration due to the stigma. “I have 592 pupils in my school. Everywhere I went, I could ‘feel’ that all eyes were on the…

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Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development

28 February 2017

Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development This report describes the work done by WHO from January 2015 up to the end of December 2016 to address the long-term issues of survivor care, health-systems strengthening and research. This work would not otherwise have been possible without the foresight and commitment of donors  who, having contributed generously to the WHO-led response to the outbreak, recognised the importance of dealing with its consequences. 

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About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

24 February 2017

About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 23 February 2017 – Years of violent conflict have deprived millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and south-east Niger of even the most basic health care services. Malnutrition is widespread and in the 3 worst-affected states of Nigeria nearly 6 million men, women, children and infants urgently need health assistance. WHO is working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and partners to reach those in need with lifesaving health care.